Sang Run State Park Digital Collection, Book I


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    Sang Run State Park Digital Collection, Book I
    Patrick T. Smith


    The Sang Run State Park rests in one of the most picturesque valleys of Western Maryland. The park is comprised of eighty-one-acre plot known as Friend’s Delight. The original 256-acre tract rests on both sides of the Youghiogheny River and was first surveyed by Paul Hoye in 1774.  John Friend, Sr. purchased a one-hundred-acre section Northeast of the Youghiogheny River in 1799. His son (John Friend, Jr.) would establish a homestead and transform the wilderness into farm. Friend’s Delight was conveyed to John, Jr. in 1808, setting a tradition of transferring the farm from one Friend to the next for over 200 years. The State of Maryland took possession of the homestead, farm and store in 2002 and designated the remaining eighty-one acres of Friend’s Delight was as a the Sang Run State Park in 2017. The Friend’s store would serve as the visitor’s center.  A large collection of pictures, personal letters, certificates, documents and old land deeds have been gathered at the park and date to the earliest times of Friend’s Delight. This book begins with a brief history of Sang Run and Friend’s Delight, with the digital images folded though out. Most images have been identified and the land deeds often include or reference the Military Lots (ML) of Allegany/ Garrett County. The goal of these books is to preserve the records from the park’s past. Many of the images have yellowed or faded with age. Some images were converted into black and white, while others were left as they were found.

    This book contains 586 pages, is fully indexed and presented in an outline format. Proceeds from the sales of the books (which are published by the FFAA) will go to the FFAA (a non-profit organization). All book sales are tax deductible and final.

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